Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Blacksburg)

Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Blacksburg, VA
Three-year program

Funding: All students are fully funded through Graduate Teaching Assistantships with annual stipends of $16,000. The three-year program funding package includes full tuition remission and health insurance. No teaching is required in the first semester with opportunity to teach creative writing in the third year.

Faculty: Ed Falco, Nikki Giovanni, Bob Hicok, Jeff Mann, Erika Meitner, Lucinda Roy, Matthew Vollmer

Application (Deadline Jan. 15):

  1. Manuscript: 25-page portfolio of original fiction (stories or novel excerpts); an original 15-page portfolio of poems
  2. Online application
  3. Publications, awards, and professional record
  4. Personal statement: tell us about: yourself as a writer, reader, and person; what drives you to want to write; why you want to complete an MFA program at VT; whether you have teaching or tutoring experience and how it will help you in a college classroom.
  5. Three letters of recommendation (preferably from former professors and/or creative writers)
  6. Official copy of transcripts
  7. $65 application fee

Admission rate: “We had around 190 applicants the last time.  We took 8…but normally we can only take 6 or 7 (because of funding).” -Jeff Mann, Director of Creative Writing [July 26, 2013]

3 thoughts on “Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Blacksburg)

  1. V. Tech revamped their MFA site recently (literally within the last week, as I was there just the other day), and they’re being cagey about their funding now: the funding page refers to a written URL — not even a link — for “details,: and when you cut and paste the link it doesn’t work! Anyway, hope this info is still accurate.

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